KETCHIKAN (KDN) — Ketchikan Little League baseball and softball teams were back on the field this past weekend. Both Dudley Field and Walker Field were full of action as sponsored clubs competed.
Here are game recaps from a doubleheader between R&M Engineering and Southeast Sea and Air:
SEAS 15, R&M 5, Game 1
Saturday, May 22
Senior Division: Baseball
It had been 18 days since SEAS and R&M Engineering last went toe-to-toe on the ball field, before Saturday. That earlier game — a Tuesday night marathon that ended 19-18 in favor of SEAS — was the last time either club had been allowed to play a game.
But after back-to-back weekends of cancellations due to the community’s risk level of the novel coronavirus, SEAS and R&M were back on diamond — and SEAS picked up right where it had left off on May 4.
On its way to a 15-5 win over R&M, SEAS scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning, and plated three more in the second, taking a 10-1 lead before R&M had batted twice through its lineup.
SEAS’ Hayden Trudeau, Chase Hanis, Maddox Davis, John Thomas, Owen (no last name available), Caelen O’Brien and Kain Dalton all scored in the first frame, and Davis, Owen and Andrew Hildebrandt crossed the dish in the second inning.
SEAS tacked on one more in the third inning, and four more in the fourth, before the game was called after the top of the fifth inning due to the run differential. SEAS scored its 15 runs on just four hits.
R&M committed seven errors in the field. Trudeau was the beneficiary of some of those miscues by R&M. Trudeau reached base three times — twice by errors, once by a walk — had two RBIs and scored two runs, but never recorded a hit. He finished the first game of the doubleheader 0-for-1, flying out to left field in the third inning.
SEAS committed four errors of its own in the field, helping R&M score five times. R&M Engineering plated its five runs on four hits.
Conor Pearson scored two of those runs. He was 1-for-2, also reaching base on an error. R&M’s Jon Scoblic drove in a pair of runs, and Axl Shomaker and Kiko Paule each had one RBI, as well.
Paule hit R&M’s only extra-base hit — a leadoff double in the top of the fourth inning.
Hanis had both of SEAS’ extra-base hits — a double and a triple. He also drove in three runs, and was the winning pitcher, striking out three of the nine batters he faced.
SEAS 10, R&M 9, Game 2
The second game of the doubleheader on Saturday was more evenly matched at the start, compared to Game 1, although both teams plated a pair in the first frame.
The clubs went back and forth for the first few innings, with R&M creeping ahead 4-3 after three innings. R&M extended it to 7-3 after four frames.
But a seven-run fifth inning by SEAS’ lineup bumped the team ahead, and SEAS hung on for a 10-9 victory.
SEAS’ Maddox Davis led off the top of the third inning with a walk. And after stealing second and swiping third, Davis eventually scored to give SEAS a brief 3-2 lead.
Davis swiped five bags in the game, scored three runs, had a pair of singles and knocked in an RBI. He was SEAS’ only batter to have a multi-hit game in the second half of the twin bill, as SEAS scored its 10 runs on five hits.
R&M’s Luke Rauwolf and Kiko Paule both scored in its share of the third, giving R&M its 4-3 lead, and Conor Pearson, Jon Scoblic and Colin Elliot all crossed the dish in the bottom of the fourth, as R&M carried a 7-3 lead after four frames.
Pearson had a three-hit game, knocking three singles, and drove in a pair of runs. Rauwolf, Scoblic and Elliot each hit singles, as well.
R&M’s Axl Shomaker ripped a triple, and recorded an RBI, and Ethan Kershaw also had an RBI in the game.
But SEAS rallied back after being down 7-3, and its seven-run fifth inning proved to be the difference.
Davis, Ryder Criscola, Hayden Trudeau, Kain Dalton, Caelen O’Brien, Elijah Cleveland and Nathan (no last name given) all scored in the top half of the inning.
Shomaker and Jessup Hanson each scored in the bottom half for R&M, but SEAS stayed alive, even as R&M had the tying and winning runs in scoring position.
Tasene Plummer was left stranded at third, and Pearson was stranded on second.
*Names and stats courtesy of KLL coaches.